Program Description

Our curriculum is based on the most current editions of textbooks from Cengage Learning-National Geographic and Cambridge Press. These textbooks come with excellent videos and instructional technology tools. This makes our courses interactive and fun.

Classes size

Our classes range in size up to a maximum of 12 students. We limit classes to 12 students to ensure each student receives quality instruction in order to maximize the learning experience.



Our program is offered at our main campus in Atlanta, GA.



We offer morning, afternoon, and evening classes. For more information, check our program dates and costs page

Why study at Georgia Central University

With over 12 years of experience, development​,​ and innovation in teaching English as a second language, the ESOL program at GCU is one of the most reputable English programs in Atlanta, ​which is ​ one of the most multicultural cities in the US. All classes are limited to ​a ​ maximum ​of ​ 12 students​. We offer unlimited online speaking, listening, pronunciation, TOEFL practice in our computer lab,​ and ​ morning, afternoon, and evening classes.

The program consists of the following

Pre-Beginning Courses

Pre-Beginning Courses: organized into two levels of proficiency, and containing separate classes for Grammar, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Reading

Core Courses

Core courses: organized into six levels of proficiency, and containing separate classes for Grammar, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Reading

Summer Courses

Summer Track Courses (STC) – Explore America: including Everyday Conversation and Current Events.

Elective Courses

Elective Courses: Current electives include standardized test preparation for TOEFL.

Features of the Program

What we offer

# Features
1 Interactive courses using audio/visual materials and multimedia-based technology.
2 Classroom activities requiring spoken English in real-life situations.
3 Separate classes for Grammar, Writing, Speaking/Listening, and Reading
4 Unlimited access to the computer lab to practice English skills
5 Free tutoring center for extra help
6 Flexible schedule: Morning and Evening classes
7 Small class sizes, individualized attention
8 Expert language instructors
9 Accredited program
10 Payment plans available for eligible students
11 Federal Financial Aid available for eligible students

Level Placement

Upon registration, new and transfer students are administered a placement test to determine their individual levels. The placement test includes Listening Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension. Testing takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Important notes
  • GCU ESOL instructors and administrators have sole authority to conduct placement testing and determine placement level. Students may not select their own level of study and must follow the placement committee’s decision. However, to ensure correct placement, class performance is observed during the first three days of the session, and placement adjustments may be made.

  • Previous study at an English Language Center or School (other than GCU) will not affect placement or allow the ESOL placement exam to be waived.

  • A valid photo ID is required to test.

  • No cell phone, notes, dictionary, or textbook is allowed during the test. Students will be given a pencil or a pen and blank paper for notes.

  • Students taking the placement test must arrive on time. Late arrivals may need to reschedule.

  • After placement testing, an academic advisor will meet with the student to discuss test scores and proper placement in the program

  • Students must contact the ESOL Office to schedule their placement test.

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